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    Browse through VOD Industry Talks, Filmmaker Talks, and more. Many of the following talks will be available until December 6. Log in to MyIDFA to access the videos.

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    Filmmaker Talk: Firouzeh Khosrovani (on demand)

        An inspirational, hour-long conversation with renowned documentary filmmaker Firouzeh Khosrovani. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative methods, and views on documentary filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.

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        Filmmaker Talk: Sandra Madi (on demand)

            An inspirational, hour-long conversation with renowned filmmaker Sandra Madi. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative methods, and views on documentary filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.

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            Filmmaker Talk: Ulrike Ottinger (on demand)

                An inspirational, hour-long conversation with renowned filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative methods, and views on filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.

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                Filmmaker Talk: New Perspectives on African-European Relations (on demand)

                    Special Filmmaker Talk with a panel of filmmakers of French co-produced films from Africa, focusing on their experience as filmmakers and how their films are rethinking African-European relations in a broader context. Hosted by UniFrance.

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                    Filmmaker Talk: Gianfranco Rosi (on demand)

                        An extensive conversation with director and IDFA's Guest of Honor Gianfranco Rosi, hosted by Orwa Nyrabia, Artistic Director of IDFA.

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                        Filmmaker Talk: Arami Ullón (on demand)

                            Extensive conversation with Arami Ullón, director of Nothing but the Sun, the opening film of IDFA this year. An inspiring session about her film, working methods, artistic choices, and views on filmmaking—highlighted by excerpts of her film. 

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                            Inside the Red Brick Wall + Talk hosted by De Groene Amsterdammer

                                A conversation with the directors, who remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. Margreet Fogteloo, editor of De Groene Amsterdammer, talks to them about the film, recent political developments in Hong Kong, and the repressive regime in China. What does the future hold for Hong Kong and its residents?

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                                Epicentro + Talk

                                    A conversation with Hubert Sauper about the history of bustling Cuba, which, as the geographic center of the American continents, is and frequently has been the battleground of imperialist forces and foreign influences. How does his cinematic portrait relate to the reality of Cuba's resilient inhabitants? Moderated by Dana Linssen.

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                                    Oeconomia + Talk hosted by De Groene Amsterdammer

                                        A conversation between Diederik Baazil, editor of De Groene Amsterdammer, and economist Dirk Bezemer about our financial system and its inherent focus on economic growth, which is unbridled but also appears unsustainable. Where does this urge for growth come from and what are the alternatives?

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                                        Arica + Talk - Oxfam Novib Selection

                                            A conversation with directors Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén about their film and the role of activism in their work. How did the film contribute to help provide justice for victims, and to sue the Swedish multinational corporation responsible? This screening is part of the Oxfam Novib Selection.

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                                            MLK/FBI + Talk

                                                A conversation with director Sam Pollard about his cinematic investigation into the highly questionable methods and motives of the FBI in the surveillance of Martin Luther King. A film in which Pollard expands on his extensive oeuvre, which focuses on exploring the history of American racial relations. Moderated by Orwa Nyrabia.

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                                                A Thousand Cuts + Talk - Oxfam Novib Selection

                                                    A conversation with director Ramona Diaz and journalist Maria Ressa, whose work is being impeded by the authoritarian president of the Philippines, Duterte. Ressa was honored by TIME as Person of the Year in 2018, because of her efforts to protect press freedom. This Talk is part of the Oxfam Novib Selection.

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                                                    War and Peace + Talk

                                                        A conversation with directors Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti about their intriguing reflection on the relationship between image and conflict. A conversation about the history of cinema and how it has been entwined with the emergence of a certain war aesthetic, be it propaganda or pacifist. Moderated by Orwa Nyrabia.

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                                                        Morning Star + Talk - Oxfam Novib Selection

                                                            A conversation with director Nantanaina Lova and producer Eva Lova-Bely. Bahram Sadeghi talks to them about the music culture of South-West Madagascar and the role that ancestors play in the activism against large multinationals that threaten the local community. This screening is part of the Oxfam Novib Selection.

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                                                            Nardjes A. + Talk

                                                                A conversation with director Karim Aïnouz about the realization of his whirlwind film; a day in the life of the combative protester Nardjes, filmed on a smartphone. How does his film reflect the frustration of a new generation of Algerians? Moderated by Quinsy Gario.

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                                                                Before the Dying of the Light + Talk

                                                                    Curator and writer Nat Muller talks to filmmaker Ali Essafi about his many years of research into North African film and video archives, and the thriving Moroccan film culture of the 1970s, which was ended by censorship and repression from the Moroccan regime.

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                                                                    Notes From the Underworld + Talk

                                                                        A conversation with directors Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel about their intriguing film and the in-depth research that preceded it. How do you bring the Viennese underworld from the sixties to life, using only static, black-and-white interviews with leading figures of the time? Moderated by Laura van Halsema.

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                                                                        White Noise + Talk hosted by De Groene Amsterdammer

                                                                            A conversation between Jaap Tielbeke, editor of De Groene Amsterdammer, director Daniel Lombroso and producer Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg. How did they manage to get so close to the alt-right movement's leaders? And how do they reflect on the rise of their extreme ideas, its impact on the US and beyond?

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                                                                            Nemesis + Talk

                                                                                A conversation between Joost Daamen and director Thomas Imbach about the making of his film, that was shot from his living room window only. How do you shape a layered, cinematographic whole with those limitations?

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                                                                                The New Gospel + Talk hosted by European Cultural Foundation

                                                                                    A conversation with the renowned, controversial director and theater maker Milo Rau and activist Yvan Sagnet, who plays the role of Jesus in the film. Friso Wiersum from ECF talks to them about interweaving fiction and documentary, political realities, and biblical myths.

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                                                                                    She Had a Dream + Talk hosted by Mama Cash

                                                                                        A conversation with director Raja Amari and Marieke van Doorninck, moderated by Zohra Moosa (director Mama Cash) about the fight for women's emancipation and against racism in a country where much has changed since the Arab Spring, but where democracy is still young and fragile. Part of Screenings hosted by Mama Cash.

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                                                                                        White Cube + Talk

                                                                                            A conversation with director Renzo Martens and the CATPC art center in Congo over livestream. Derk Sauer talks with them about the high-profile project that examines the relationship between colonialism and the art world.

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                                                                                            Zero + Talk

                                                                                                A conversation with director Kazuhiro Soda and producer Kiyoko Kashiwagi about their collaboration, why they returned to the clinic in Okayama where they previously made Mental, and how the loving story of psychiatrist Masatomo and his patients reflects on their own relationship. Moderated by Joost Daamen.

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                                                                                                Gunda + Talk

                                                                                                    A conversation with journalist Derk Sauer and director Victor Kossakovsky about his film, his choice to portray pig Gunda this way, on vegetarianism, and the human treatment of animals. What are the ethical dilemmas associated with eating meat? And how did the collaboration with Gunda go?

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                                                                                                    Le temps perdu + Talk

                                                                                                        A conversation with director Maria Alvarez about her film and about Proust's classic novel, which is embraced by the book club in her film. In what way is the original text reflected in the stories of those portrayed, and in what way did it shape the film? Moderated by Dana Linssen.

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                                                                                                        El Father Plays Himself + Talk

                                                                                                            A conversation with director Mo Scarpelli about the making of this documentary, a making-of the film La Fortaleza by Jorge Thielen Armand. Jorge will also be participating in the conversation. How do both directors relate to each other when reality and fiction intertwine? Moderated by Dana Linssen.

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                                                                                                            Downstream to Kinshasa + Talk

                                                                                                                A conversation with director Dieudo Hamadi about the making of his film, the importance of commemorating the devastating impact of war, of justice, but above all the resilience of war victims, and the dangerous journey across the Congo River that he embarked on with some of them.

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                                                                                                                Gorbachev.Heaven + Talk

                                                                                                                    A conversation with journalist Derk Sauer and director Vitaly Manksy about the legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the former Soviet Union. How do they look back on his perestroika and glasnost policies, that led to the break-up of the country?

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                                                                                                                    Industry Talk: Framing of us - Decolonizing documentary and shaping new perspectives on its cultural ethics (on demand)

                                                                                                                        What is the impact of telling our stories framed through the eyes of others? Tessa Boerman and Shamira Raphaëla make a plea for a drastic change in documentary film practices, including an urgent call to action. Read the Call to action here

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                                                                                                                        Industry Talk: Reframing the Archive hosted by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (on demand)

                                                                                                                            A talk about reframing archival collections through artistic and institutional perspectives and narratives. Through examples by artists and institutes, we discuss the unavoidable challenges of working with existing collections and structures.

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                                                                                                                            Industry Talk: Documentary art in all the wrong places (on demand)

                                                                                                                                With physical exhibition venues and festivals hampered by a global pandemic, what can filmmakers and new media artists learn from eachother? Can we create new types of documentary experiences in living rooms, smartphones, virtual reality, and public spaces?

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                                                                                                                                Industry Talk/IDFAcademy session: Finding and Engaging with your audience in a digitally overloaded world (on demand)

                                                                                                                                    Get inspired by the opportunities that lie in a changed landscape. Learn about outreach strategies that could not have been imagined beforeand engage with audiences who are in need for good stories.

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                                                                                                                                    Industry Talk: Masterclass by Florencia Di Concilio hosted by Buma Music in Motion (on demand)

                                                                                                                                        Renowned composer Florencia di Concilio (Becoming Zlatan,Buddy) gives a masterclass on her work as music composer for documentaries. With an extensive career in both fiction and documentaries, she is one of the strong figures of the new generation.

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                                                                                                                                        Industry Talk: Simone Bitton on her career as a filmmaker hosted by LaScam (on demand)

                                                                                                                                            French documentary filmmaker Simone Bitton will set the scene on her work, career, remuneration, and how she deals with authors' rights and income. Highlighted by excerpts from her films, with the conversation and Q&A moderated by Dutch director Martijn Winkler.

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                                                                                                                                            Industry Talk: Masterclass editing by Jacopo Quadri (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                Multitalented editor and filmmaker Jacopo Quadri gives insight into his editing work. Quadri has worked with famous directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Gianfranco Rosi, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Don’t miss this inspiring artist in conversation with Pamela Cohn.

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                                                                                                                                                Industry Talk: Talking about families. Tom Fassaert in conversation with Laura Plancarte hosted by Videoland (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                    Director Laura Plancarte talks about filming complexfamilies and communities, including her latest film Non Western (IDFA 2020). Families are often associated with conviviality, support, and reliability, but they can be complicated and controversial.

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                                                                                                                                                    Industry Talk: Archive Docs Rock in the Covidian Epoch (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                        A keynote session by Elizabeth Klinck on the opportunities of working with archive material during COVID-19 and what filmmakers need to know about its use.

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                                                                                                                                                        Industry Talk: Innovations in online distribution (beyond COVID-19) (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                            In response to challenges caused by COVID-19,distribution has seen major changes. Following a fast adaption to the ‘new normal’, this talk will address the lessons learned so far, the do's and don'ts, what changes will remain and their sustainability.

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                                                                                                                                                            Industry Meetup: Upcoming Catalan Docs (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                Feminism, education, cyber hacking, non-future-outsiders… it’s time for powerful gazes in these turbulent times. Come meet our filmmakers and their films.

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                                                                                                                                                                Industry Meetup: Meet the Ukrainian Delegation (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                    In this challenging year, Docudays UA is proud to bring the Ukrainian delegation to IDFA. The carefully curated showcase of 5 projects ready to meet international partners offers a glimpse into new developments in the Ukrainian creative documentary landscape.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Industry Meetup: Meet the Italian Delegation (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                        ITA – Italian Trade Agency and Doc/it invite you to meet the Italian producers’ delegation during a pitching session of selected projects.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Industry Meetup: Meet the Chilean Delegation (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                            Meet the newest and strongest Chilean projects that are looking for international partners. Get to know emerging & experienced filmmakers & producers with powerful stories & proposals. Organized by Chiledoc & Chilean Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Industry Meetup: Meet the Polish Delegation (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                POLISH DOCS PRO showcase presenting Polish creative documentary projects in progress. It consists of the pitching of the projects developed at DOC LAB POLAND program. The presentation is followed by the individual meetings with the decision makers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Industry Meetup: Meet the Training Initiatives (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                    This year we present our Meet the Experts program in a new online form. In this video you can meet some training initiatives who offer programs for documentary filmmakers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Industry Meetup: Meet the Funders (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                        This year we present our Meet the Experts program in a new online form. In this video you can meet some funders who offer funding for documentary filmmakers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Industry Meetup: Meet the Producers (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                            This year we present IDFA's Producers Network in a new online form. In this video you can meet some participating producers talking about the co-production possibilities in their country.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Amelia Hapsari (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Bero Beyer (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Carolina Arias Ortiz (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Finn Halligan (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Jean Michel Frodon (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Industry Talk: Visions on the Future of Cinema - Judy Kibinge (on demand)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A series of short videoclips in which we have asked a variety of visionary people in the film industry: What is your perspective on the Future of Cinema? In this short series, these inspiring people share how they envision the world of cinema to develop in the years to come.

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